The 3rd annual Bay Area Research SLAM took place on Thursday, October 5 at 3 PM PDT at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The live event was emceed by Science Comedian Brian Malow.  Four National Labs participated and sent their top SLAM finalists to compete for the regional SLAM title. 

The Bay Area SLAM winners are as follows:

1st Place & People's Choice Award

Anne Villacastin

"Sorghum and Me: A Complicated Relationship"

2nd Place

Widi Moestopo 

"Igniting Tomorrow’s Clean Energy:

3D Printing for Fusion Power Plants"

What is the SLAM?

The Bay Area Research SLAM is a collaboration between the Bay Area's National Labs ( Berkeley Lab, Livermore Lab, Sandia Lab, and SLAC Lab).  The SLAM is a competition where contestants are challenged to present a compelling three-minute presentation of their research in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. 

Participating Labs 

The first, second, and third place SLAM contestants of Berkeley Lab, Livermore Lab, Sandia Lab, and SLAC Lab. Participants will be determined at each Lab's local 2023 SLAM event. 


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